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on 25 September 2017
1 star because it started off well. Children are suffering because of the fast pace the world has taken which biology hasn't caught up with. There are many factors: Technology, Lack of free play - particularly outdoor play, Parents working long hours, Poverty, Medication, Diet, early school start, constant school testing...

And 1 star because she regularly points out that research has repeatedly shown authoritative parenting (Gentle Parenting. All behaviour is communication. Its not personal and requires warmth and respect. Desired behaviour should be modeled rather than demanded - See The Gentle Parenting book by Sarah Ockwell) is a far better method than Authoritarian (See Supernanny, Gina Ford:. Behavioral control such as Practices of hitting, Isolation and withdrawal techniques, Extreme routing and rigid rules etc) but she clearly leans to the authoritarian as seen in her rose tinted view of the old days of discipline and blind respect.

However, her contempt for children and parents soon shone trough. Parents are bad and children are entitled brats.

Working parents do their children no favours by working and should decide between work and children. They should be spending more time with their kids instead of leaving them to be raised by nanny's and if you dont think you can give all of your time to your child, you have no business having any.
Poor parents are disgusting, uneducated, peasants who beat up teachers if their kids get told off, then ignore their kids in favour of the phone. . Because children are always wrong and authority figures are always right schools should not ever be questioned about incidents.
People who have evolved past the control of the current punitive school system are entitled troublesome anarchists who have been brainwashed over their entire life by marketeers subliminal messages.
Neither of these parents truly "Parent" their children often leaving them to the mercy of the TV unsupervised (Particularly in the bedroom till early hours) or pacifying them with a device instead of putting in the effort to actually raise and discipline them.
Despite her criticism of the early school start and excessive testing, She makes no mention of home education at all or alternative education. I think given the fact that she thinks schools are no place for equality and can only function if they do not evolve and maintain control and hierarchy, she would have done well to talk at least a little about the long term benefits from Sudbury schools where equality is key, spaces are shared and respected and mixed age groups are the norm; and perhaps even a little on the long term benefits of unschooling, Steiner, Montessori etc... Where behaviour is modeled and children are people who are equal to the adult in the room.
The overall tone of this book in its entirity was horrible. Had i read only the opening chapters and the conclusion I might have given this book 4 stars but getting into the book, I find her to be very subjective, accusing and prone to making sweeping generalisations.
The entire book seems to be based on a moody tween she looked at once, that she then goes on to speculate what horrible, uncaring (Or Too loving), permissive parents she must have. This is a child she saw only from a distance, never saw her parents let alone had a conversation with any of them and yet she has their entire back story..

I would recommend this only to people that I think aren't capable of evolving just to side slip them the sliver of information on authoritative parenting and the harm of presents over presence just to sow the seed but this book could easily be cherry picked t pull out the absolute worst in it
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on 27 March 2017
An incredible book to read in dribs and drabs (If I didnt have a break my head would explode it's so jam packed full of information) this is a great read. The book came quick in good packaging.
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on 21 March 2017
This book is brilliant
I call it the bible
I did my degree using this book and doing mynMA and still using it
It is so interesting and very easy tonread and understand
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on 27 March 2017
Brilliant book, bought for extra reading alongside my degree. Fascinating.
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on 11 September 2017
A shocking but inspiring read. Makes me keen to protect the essence of childhood more
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on 25 March 2017
A must read book for anyone taking care of or working with children. Teachers habe been telling us this for years but did we listen? Act now, before it is too late. Set your child up to achieve greatness not to fail.
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on 12 September 2017
Very interesting read, not quite finished but looking forwards to the rest of it
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on 4 August 2017
Great book helped my assignment.
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VINE VOICEon 9 March 2007
I was tempted to begin by saying that anyone who reads this book probably doesn't need to, but maybe there are parents out there who would find it useful. Parents who sense that something is wrong with childhood, but can't put their finger on it and would like some clues as to where to begin putting it right. Simple measures like taking the TV out of children's bedrooms, and aiming for the 'authoritative' (as opposed to 'authoritarian') style of parenting. This is a fairly authoritative book, anyway. Sue Palmer has done a lot of research. She puts her views and advice across in a readable style. For those who find it a bit skimpy there are plenty of references at the end of each chapter for further reading and web sites to visit. It's a bit of a rant, and I felt it was getting rather repetetive towards the end (hence only four stars), but Palmer does put her case across very convincingly, and I for one wouldn't disagree with her. I certainly wouldn't write her off as being illiberal or old fashioned, despite her yearning for 'old fashioned' values and advocacy of greater state support for parenting. Not sure about the 'mind the gap' section at the end of each chapter. These sections were supposedly intended to relate the advice in the main body of each chapter to the lives of the poorest families in western societies, but I thought they were a bit unnecessary and slightly sinister. As someone who brought up children twenty and more years ago, now has grandchildren, and works with children and families, I could relate to this book, and thought it full of good advice and ideas. Anyone could benefit by reading it, but it is aimed primarily at parents of young children. I hope that lots of them will read it, and put the advice into practice. As it says at the end of the book, 'We might even be in time to save the world.'
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on 19 May 2006
An interesting book because it brings together so many aspects into one place. It's not rocket science, but the results of so many ill effects coming together for children is startling. The only aspect of the book I disliked was her division of parents into 'educated' and 'un-educated'.
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